Episode 13! Cats! With Jess Collins

Egyptians really loved cats! Like, they would literally kill you over them!

Medieval Europeans, uh…often felt differently.

In an effort to bring some levity after a string of more “serious” episodes, John decided to investigate the history of the role cats have played in religion. Surely that would be an adorable story! Things got dark quick. Jess Collins (who really likes the movie “Kedi“) makes her second appearance to hear all the delightful cat stories.

SOURCE LINKS:

Tao Tao Holmes – “Ritualistic Cat Torture Was Once a Form of Town Fun” 

Joshua L. Mark – “Cats in the Middle Ages”

Irina Metzler – “Why Cats were hated in Medieval Europe”

Why the End is Always Near – with Dr. Lisa Vox Hard to Believe

Western history is marked by two curious truths – one is that people continue to insist the end of the world is imminent for whatever reason, and two that they are invariably wrong. Whether it's Y2K or the 2012 Mayan Apocalypse, whether it's The Walking Dead or Left Behind, we can't seem to shake our obsession with the end of the world. Why? And how have both the specifics and the stakes of the end times narrative shifted in a world driven by science, technology, and reason? Dr. Lisa Vox is the author of Existential Threats: American Apocalyptic Beliefs in the Technological Era. She joins John to share her expertise on the subject. Vox teaches both History and Environmental History with a focus on race-related issues, and she presents online lectures for Lesley University, the University of Massachusetts–Boston, Spelman College, Morehouse College, and at the University of Boston–Lowell. She also acts as an adjunct instructor of History for Young Harris College. Dr. Vox is on Twitter @Lisa_Vox
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